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Post Game Poutine: Montreal Canadiens defeat Flames in OT

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The Montreal Canadiens were able to play spoilers yet again this season as they came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Calgary Flames 5-4 in one of their most impressive performances of the season. Nick Suzuki and Ben Chiarot were the sparkplugs that propelled the Canadiens to an improbable victory over one of the hottest teams in the NHL with three points each. Mike Hoffman also had his best offensive game of the season, putting up a goal and three assists.

The Canadiens and Flames traded offensive chances all game, playing a very high-tempo style of hockey. The pacing and transition was wide open, making very entertaining offensive hockey, which normally would have played right into Calgary’s favour, but the Canadiens are seemingly not done surprising people this season. They matched the Flames’ intensity all game and took them to the limit before eventually winning it in overtime.

Here’s your MHN Postgame Poutine:

GOLD STAR: Nick Suzuki– Suzuki was the best player on the ice, bar none. It doesn’t matter what the final score was and who won the game, there was no player more impatful and instrumental to this game than the young pivot. He played in all situations, accumulating well over 23 minutes of ice time and put up three points in what was probably his best game of the season for the Montreal Canadiens.

TABARNAK: Mangiapane’s short handed goal. – Halfway through the second period, the Canadiens were awarded a powerplay, but it was the Flames that took advantage. Mangiapane was able to blow by the Canadiens’ defense a roof an incredible backhand shot to beat Andrew Hammond short side to make it 3-1 Calgary. This seemed to take all the wind out of Montreal’s sails until..

TURNING POINT: Nick Suzuki’s powerplay goal – Down by 2 goals with three minutes left in the second period, Nick Suzuki was able to tuck in a slick powerplay goal to start the comeback for the Montreal Canadiens. This goal helped give the Canadiens momentum for the rest of the second period and into the third period, making for a very entertaining tilt.

HONORABLE MENTION: Mike Hoffman– Hoffman had himself his best game of the season by far, putting up four points and being an instrumental piece in the Canadiens comeback against one of the best teams in the NHL. He made smart, calculated plays, while also being aware defensively, and he was rewarded for his efforts with great offensive success. His play in overtime on Chiarot’s 2nd goal of the game was the cherry on the sundae for one of his best outing as a Hab.

HONORABLE MENTION #2: Ben Chiarot– We don’t usually do this, but it would be a crime to not give Chiarot some love. He did everything he possible could to increase his trade value by playing a sound defensive game, while also scoring two extremely clutch goals, one of them being the game winner. Playing over 25 minutes in this game, while being deployed on his off-side, Chiarot was the most notable defenseman on the ice all game and was the difference maker in overtime to lead the Habs to victory.

BY THE NUMBERS: Here’s how the Montreal Canadiens lined up Tuesday Night:

Forwards

Cole Caufield-Nick Suzuki-Josh Anderson

McLean's Pub

Mike Hoffman – Laurent Dauphin – Brendan Gallagher

Rem Pitlick – Jake Evans- Artturi Lehkonen

Joel Armia – Ryan Poehling – Micheal Pezzetta

Defence:

Alexander Romanov – Ben Chiarot

Brett Kulak-Jeff Petry

Kale Clague -Chris Wideman

Goalies:

Andrew Hammond

Sam Montembeault

QUOTE TO NOTE: ”Big games, he shows up and that’s probably my favourite thing about him. A guy with that kind of skill and maturity and he shows up when it matters the most. That’s why I think he’ll be a leader for this team for a long time” – Ben Chiarot

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